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Red Cross Goes Green

Red Cross Goes Green
No, they still will be the American
Red Cross, but the headquarters of the regional chapter is going green. Learn how the building's functionality promotes saving the earth while saving lives.

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After more than 100 years in the area, the American Red Cross Cincinnati Regional Chapter undertook its first capital project, the first project for which they raised money. And that historical project is the chapter's brand new headquarters building.

 

So as they went into this monumental endeavor, the project managers took many factors into account but kept the donors in mind through it all. "You want it to be the best building that you can build, and certainly, you want to make good use of the donated dollars," Chief Community Presence Officer Paula McIntosh says.

 

To ensure that the building lives up to its historical significance as well as the Red Cross' mission to keep people safe, the regional chapter decided to go green by going for silver — LEED-Certified Silver that is. The achievement of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification comes from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) after a specific building earns enough points in a suite of sustainability standards, so LEED-Certified buildings show an environmentally conscious existence in everything from their design to their everyday functionality.

 

 In order to reach this goal, the Red Cross regional chapter worked with local LEED Accredited Professionals at Emersion Design, Neyer Properties and Four Seasons Environmental.Tava-In-Story.gif

 

"We had a great team. People worked very hard to maximize the LEED points," McIntosh says. They worked so hard, in fact, that the Red Cross regional chapter has high hopes for its new headquarters to achieve a LEED-Certified Gold status instead of their previous goal of just LEED-Certified Silver.

 

This certification depends on the USGBC's review of the building's application and all of its potential sustainable points. Some measures the Red Cross took to earn those points include various categories included in the ranking. In the indoor environmental quality category, the building might be able to earn points with its controllability of the lighting. Some rooms require movement to keep the lights on, so when nobody is in the room, the lights turn off. In the sustainable sites category, the Red Cross implemented bicycle racks with accompanying changing rooms and showers on-site so that employees and volunteers alike have the opportunity to bike to the facility. The roof over the lobby even has a "green" roof to aid in insulation as it prevents water runoff.

 

As another way to earn points toward LEED certification is through educating other people about sustainable efforts. So as the Red Cross regional chapter plans to move into the new headquarters the first weekend in June, they will begin offering tours for the community shortly thereafter.

 

For more information about the building and the tours, check out CincinnatiRedCross.org.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Photos courtesy of American Red Cross Cincinnati Regional Chapter

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